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What Louisville-Based Trainers Are Saying About the Belmont Stakes


D. Wayne Lukas: “I think he’ll win and win easy. The thing that makes American Pharoah probably in a better position than most of them in the past 30 years is the fact that he’s had two easy races [Rebel and Arkansas Derby], one tough one [Kentucky Derby] and then another easy one [Preakness]. So he’s got that going for him.”

David Vance: “I like him. I haven’t seen a horse as good as him since Secretariat.”

Neil Howard: “I think we all have the same feeling about him; he’s just an amazing animal.”

Tom Amoss: “I think American Pharoah is up against it. I think there are good horses that have been waiting for this spot. [Todd] Pletcher’s horse Materiality, he’s got a proven formula for winning the Belmont in his own backyard and certainly Frosted would be another one. If he wins it, I won’t be rooting against him. It would prove he’s a great horse that falls in the category of Secretariat and Seattle Slew.”

Jimmy Baker: “The way he breezed, I think he’ll be tough. He’s got the demeanor, he’s got the talent, he’s got all the qualities of a Triple Crown horse. He might go down as one of the best, you never know.”

Ron Moquett: “He’s [American Pharoah] the best horse in the race. It’s just a matter of if he gets the right trip or not. It will take a scenario to beat him – if Frosted presses him or if Materiality jumps on him early on. If he loses, it will be a scenario that beats him, not a horse.”

David Carroll: “I absolutely love the horse. To see him, in person and then watch his breeze was absolutely awesome so I’m behind him. If he can’t do it, I’ll be rooting for my man Dallas [Stewart] and Tale of Verve.”

Paul McGee: “I think that American Pharoah is going to be very tough to beat on Saturday.”

Murat Sancal: “I like him. There is no one that I think can beat him. The crop is not strong in my opinion.”

And Three Jockeys

Calvin Borel: “I think he can do it. He’s the best horse in the race. The only thing that he needs is a little bit of luck. He’s a powerful horse, just looking at his dimension, it’s all there and the talent is there. The big question is the distance.”

Jesus Castanon: “I think he’s got it. We think about it every year when a horse wins the Derby and then the Preakness and always think we got a Triple Crown winner, but this horse has really proved a lot. He’s fresh and doesn’t have very many races in his belly.”

Channing Hill: “The way he breezed out here, I don’t see anyone beating him. Frosted could be tough since Belmont’s in Kiaran's backyard, but Pharoah is the best horse in the race.”

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